American Corner Innsbruck

    Post-Election Breakfast

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    (photos by Margaret Davidson & Claudia Schwarz)


    "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer." Those were the words the new President-elect used to describe the unprecedented choice of a country still trying to come to terms with its history of segregation.

    No voting-machine fiasco, no recounts; the ghosts of elections past and “Bradley effects” dispersed as soon as the unambiguous results were in: Barack Obama, who defeated John McCain by claiming the fiercely contested battleground states, will be inaugurated on January 20, 2009 as the 44th President of the United States and the first of African American origin.

    This historic vote for change encouraged more than eighty Americans and non-Americans to attend the ACI’s post-election breakfast hosted in cooperation with the Austro-American Society/Tirol Chapter. The ORF, the Tiroler Tageszeitung, Antenne Tirol, and Ö3 were also on the spot, capturing the relaxed atmosphere and the discussions sparked by the latest news broadcasts about the election results, Democratic and Republican responses, the national and international celebrations, but also the economic and military challenges that lie ahead. It remains to be seen if the American population still optimistically declares “Yes, we can!” in four years.
    (text: Andreas Leisner)




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    The American Corner Innsbruck and the Austro-American Society Tirol Chapter cordially invite you to a joint


    Wednesday, 5 November 2008, 8.00-10.30
    American Corner Innsbruck (Claudiana)

    The U.S. elections are one of the most important and seminal events in contemporary history, an event followed all around the world. The outcome of these elections will shape the future of American policy and have effects on countries and people far beyond U.S. borders.

    Our post-election breakfast is an informal event at the American Corner Innsbruck and open to everyone interested in following the latest news broadcasts about the election results and discussing the outcome of the elections.
    We are offering coffee and snacks on a rolling basis as well as a relaxed atmosphere for Americans and non-Americans to get in touch and exchange ideas.

    Looking forward to welcoming you to this ACI event,
    Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gudrun M. Grabher (Director, American Corner Innsbruck)
    & Ass.-Prof. Dr. Margaret Davidson (Director, University of New Orleans’ Academic
    Year Abroad in Innsbruck; Vice-President, Austro-American Society/Tirol Chapter)


    American Corner Innsbruck
    Department of American Studies
    Herzog Friedrich Straße 3, 1. Stock (Altstadt, Claudiana)
    6020 Innsbruck

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